VDOT Holds Design Public Hearing for Howardsville Turnpike Project

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Stuarts Draft, Va. (WHSV) -- People living in the area along Howardsville turnpike, could soon see improvements to their roadways.

Many who wanted to voice their concerns before the improvements begin.

"We have to be careful when we pull out of our driveway, because the hill there obstructs our view," said Donnie Puckett, who will be impacted by the Route 610 Roadway Improvement project.

Puckett has been living along the road for more than four decades. He thinks the road south of the town of Stuarts Draft is getting more and more dangerous as time goes on.

"Years ago it wasn't too bad, but with more and more houses being built. It's a lot more traffic," said Puckett.

VDOT said it is now working on a plan to help Puckett and others who live in the area.

More than three dozen homes will be impacted by the roadway improvement project.

People like Bryant Lewis hopes VDOT will consider homes with sump pumps in their design.

"If it blocks up it floods the basement. I mean it's like three foot," said Lewis, who will also be impacted by Route 610 Roadway Improvement Project.

Lester Koger with VDOT said problems with the current roadway along Howardsville turnpike gets much worst this time of year.

"During cold weather, freezing and creating an hazard situation for vehicles traveling and hopefully we'll eliminate all of that," said Koger, who is a Road Engineer for VDOT.

Construction for the Route 610 Improvement project is estimated to begin in 2016.

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